Downtown Lexington's iconic former Carpet One building at 102 West Main Street will become home to a biergarten in just a few months.
Navy Yard Biergarten & Restaurant will open its doors in late spring, bringing food, beverages and live entertainment to Lexington's Main Street.
“We’re thrilled to bring this concept to our hometown,” said Gavin Smith, a managing partner of the firm, Vision Ventures Investment Group, who is spearheading the project. “Grounded by a communal and family-friendly atmosphere, Navy Yard on Main will offer an experience like no other in the Lexington area, and is perfectly positioned to bring a multitude of communities together for good food, good beer, and unforgettable moments.”
Smith, along with co-owners Matthew Pace and Cody Cook decided to bring their vision to life after seeing the potential the space had to offer. The three have worked over the last several months to plan this concept, and struck a partnership with KCR Properties, a local real estate firm owned by Jeremy Addy and his family.
The name Navy Yard comes from a location dear to Smith and Pace. "I formerly lived in Washing D.C. and the district we lived in was called the Navy Yard," Smith said. "We love D.C. and biergartens are very popular there."
Smith said Navy Yard on Main's drink menu will offer a unique selection of locally sourced craft beers, wine on tap, and signature cocktails. He also alluded to supporting local businesses by hosting tap takeover events with local breweries, “Wine Wednesdays” with local wineries, and weekly “yappy hour” events where the biergarten and restaurant will partner with local animal rescue organizations.
The biergarten and restaurant is set to serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, with featured menu items including the Navy Yard Burger, a cheeseburger loaded with pimento cheese, jalapenos and fried pickles. Other lunch and dinner specialties include items such as beer flavored wings, homemade fried pickles, and barbecue brisket sliders.
In addition to its regular lunch and dinner hours, Navy Yard will serve brunch each Saturday and Sunday, and will include specialty items such as homemade pop-tarts, skillet cinnamon rolls, and clothesline bacon. The brunch menu will also feature specialty drink items such as tableside mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Navy Yard will welcome guests to its newly renovated facility. The restaurant has 10,000 sq. ft. of outdoor dining space and over 5,000 sq. ft. of indoor facilities, and will feature a 40-foot main bar, more than 150 outdoor seats, fire pits, outdoor games and a stage called the “Main Stage” for live entertainment.
Smith said there are plans to recreate a new mural on the side of the building where the former Roof-Harmon House mural once was. "We do plan to have some sort of new mural on the building in the future," he said. Any local artists interested in taking on the project can contact him.